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Mobb Deep

If you live or hang out in Williamsburg, you may have noticed that for most of July, the corner space at Driggs & Metropolitan has been taken over as the Levis Commuter Workspace, offering wifi, workspace, and lots of cyclist services: tune-ups, customization, washes, and more. (Also a look at the clothing brand's Commuter line). The space closes this weekend but not before Prodigy of veteran hip hop duo Mobb Deep performs at the free Closing Party there this Saturday (7/26) at 7 PM. All you have to do to get in is RSVP. There will be cocktails provided by Baby's All Right and Grady's Cold Brew, commuters can bring their bikes for complimentary tune-ups, and there will be a chance to win a Tokyobike. Do note RSVP does not guarantee entry, which is based on capacity.

Mobb Deep celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 recording sessions for their classic LP The Infamous (released in 1995) this year by releasing The Infamous Mobb Deep, a two-disc set that includes their first new music since 2006 and unreleased material from the original Infamous sessions. They just made a video for "Low" (ft. Mack Wilds) off the newly-recorded portion, which you can watch below.

Mobb Deep have also been pretty active as a live group lately. They played their home city this past May at Irving Plaza and this past Thursday (7/17) they played their actual hometown when they put on their first-ever show in Queensbridge Park, as part of the ongoing Summerstage series. Vulture caught the show and wrote:

A few hours before their "homecoming" concert in Queensbridge Park last Thursday night, Prodigy and Havoc, the two halves who make up the whole of the rap group Mobb Deep, were philosophizing as to why "The QB," which is what the giant public-housing project adjacent to the park is often called, has produced so many hip-hoppers. It is a roster that includes the great Nas, Capone (of Capone-N-Noreaga), Marley Marl, Roxanne Shanté, and Mobb Deep itself, whose 1995 album The Infamous is considered a classic of hard-core urbanity, a formidable East Coast response to Dr. Dre's immortal Cali-based The Chronic. The QB's fecundity was a product of "time, space, and motion," said Prodigy, the erstwhile boy genius who, like his equally diminutive partner (neither tops five foot six), turns 40 this year. Much is owed to the Queens housing project's sheer size, said Prodigy; it was the biggest one not only in New York City but in the entire country. But more than that was "the location."

...when the group hit the stage, picturesquely set beneath the elegantly industrial arches of the renamed Edward I. Koch Bridge, a burst of joy came forth. "Queensbridge!," Prodigy shouted into the mike. "Queensbridge!" returned the crowd, which certainly included a large number of the QB "old-timers," some of whom have been living in the project for half a century and arrived in their wheelchairs to bop along to the beats. Never much for nonsense time-killing (no soft-ass, dreary R&B voicings for them), Mobb Deep went hard, kicking through their new stuff and bringing the old, really busting it on "Temperature's Rising," with its whoa! lines, "that snitch n***** gave the police your location/we'll chop up his body in six degrees of separation." The lines were just as foreboding as ever, but on this mid-summer evening, with the festive picnic crowd, the city gleaming in the sunset, no hint of mayhem could pierce the celebration.

Watch a couple videos of that show, with the new "Low" video, below...

Continue reading "Mobb Deep made a video, played Queensbridge Park; Prodigy playing free Levi's show this Saturday"

photos by Adela Loconte

Bonobo / Cibo Matto at Central Park Summerstage - 7/13/14
Bonobo
Cibo Matto

We just mentioned that Odesza played Central Park Summerstage yesterday (7/13) opening for Bonobo and Cibo Matto, and we've now got a set of pictures of the latter two. For the officially back-in-action Cibo Matto, it was their second show of the weekend after playing Warm Up at MoMA PS1 a day earlier. Bonobo will be back in NYC for Electric Zoo this August.

Summerstage shows continue with a Pete Seeger tribute (7/12), Dr. John & Hurray for the Riff Raff (8/2), Blood Orange (8/16) and more.

More pictures from yesterday's show below...

Continue reading "Bonobo & Cibo Matto @ Central Park Summerstage (pics)"

Odesza at Central Park Summerstage - 7/13/14 (via @thatlostsailor)
Odesza

Electronic duo Odesza just wrapped up their short run with Bonobo at Central Park Summerstage with Cibo Matto yesterday (7/13) (anyone go? how was it?), and they've now added a bunch of headlining dates into the fall including two more stops in NYC. They're continuing to headline increasingly larger venues, and this time around will play Bowery Ballroom on October 2 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 3. Both shows are with Hayden James and Ambassadeurs. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/16) at noon.

All dates are listed, with a video, below...

Continue reading "Odesza played Central Park w/ Bonobo & Cibo Matto, add more dates including 2 in NYC"

photos by Chris La Putt

Spirit Family Reunion @ BKNB 7/4/2014
Spirit Family Reunion

Fresh off playing Clearwater Festival in June, NYC old-school folk band Spirit Family Reunion stopped by Brooklyn Night Bazaar on the 4th of July for some foot-stomping American good times. They were joined by Odetta Hartman and Gunfight. We've got pictures from the night in this post.

Spirit Family Reunion will soon be hitting the road for some extensive US touring, including another NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on August 4 with Old Crow Medicine Show and Langhorne Slim. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The tour will also include a couple dates with Trampled By Turtles and longer run of dates with The Felice Brothers.

All upcoming Spirit Family Reunion dates are listed, along with more pictures and video of the of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar show, below...

Continue reading "Spirit Family Reunion played Brooklyn Night Bazaar (pics), playing Summerstage, touring w/ Felice Brothers (dates)"

Weeknd

The Weeknd announced a four-date tour with support from Schoolboy Q and Jhene Aiko that begins in NYC this September. The R&B singer's last time headlining NYC was a 2-night stand at Radio City but he's now making the jump up to an arena for a show on September 19 at Barclays Center. Even with strong support like Schoolboy Q, that's a big jump! Tickets for the show are not on sale yet but should be soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed, with a stream of The Weeknd's brand new single "Often," below.

Schoolboy Q was just in NYC last night (6/25) to play Central Park Summerstage. He brought out tons of guests, including his Black Hippy partner Ab-Soul, who played material off his new album These Days..., members of A$AP Mob (including Rocky), Flatbush Zombies and Action Bronson. Did you go to the show? How was it?

The Weeknd's list of dates and new song, below...

Continue reading "The Weeknd touring w/ Schoolboy Q & Jhene Aiko, playing Barclays Center (dates); SBQ played Central Park"

LAMC

The annual Latin Alternative Music Conference is returning to various NYC venues from July 8-12. Many shows are free but registration is open that gets you into the non-free shows. The full schedule is below.

Performances of note over the course of the conference include a couple of free shows that coincide with the Central Park Summerstage series. On July 9, Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz and DJ Tony Touch will take the stage, followed by Babasonicos, Juana Molina and La Santa Cecilia on July 12 in the same place. Juana Molina will also be performing and speaking at The Greene Space on July 11 (not part of LAMC). Tickets for that show are on sale now and include one beer.

Also on the 11th, AJ Davila will play a LAMC show at Gramercy Theater with Los MacUanos, Diana Fuentes, Esteman and The Wookies (tickets). This will follow an acoustic showcase earlier in the day at SOB's which will feature many of the above acts like Davila, Ana Tijoux, Esteman and more (tickets).

Check out the full schedule below for lots more shows and events.

Continue reading "Latin Alternative Music Conference 2014 schedule (Juana Molina, AJ Davila, Bodega Bamz, Ana Tijoux & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Broken Bells @ Firefly Music Fest 6/22/2014
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Broken Bells (aka James Mercer & Danger Mouse) were in NYC last night (6/23), playing The Late Show with David Letterman, performing "Control" from their most recent album, After The Disco. The band then stuck around the Ed Sullivan Theatre to perform a full set for the "Live on Letterman" web series. You can watch both those performances below.

Their Letterman appearances were fresh off the band's 6/22 performance at last weekend's Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. Pictures from their set at Firefly are in this post.

The band have already been through NYC on a couple go-rounds (like Governors Ball), this year, and they've now expanded their current tour to include a bunch more dates, including NYC's Central Park Summerstage on September 26 with opener Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at 10 AM.

Some West Coast dates are with Austra. All are listed, along with more Firefly pics and Letterman videos, below...

Continue reading "Broken Bells played Firefly & 'Live on Letterman' (pics, video), playing Central Park w/ Hamilton Leithauser & more dates"

Spoon!

Spoon's new album, They Want My Soul, is out on August 5. (Preorders in a variety of bundles are available now.) The first single, "Rent I Pay," is out now and can be streamed below. The band have also just announced a September tour that includes a NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on 9/10. No opener has been announced but much of the tour is either with Hamilton Leithauser or EMA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Tuesday (6/24) at 10 AM.

Spoon was in NYC a few weeks back for Governors Ball and an NPR taping. All dates are listed, along with the track stream, below...

Continue reading "Spoon share first song from new LP, announce September tour, including Central Park Summerstage (dates)"

Schoolboy Q in Central Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Schoolboy Q

Last night (6/19), Nas, Schoolboy Q and Flying Lotus played a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, and after the show there was a shooting in the parking lot, as The Denver Post reports. Three victims were taken to the hospital; all of them are still alive and one has been released as of this post. A tweet from Denver Post reporter Karl Gehring also shows a picture of Schoolboy Q being detained by the police, though he was not arrested. Q has since tweeted, "im str8...... dont trip." They're still looking for the suspect.

Schoolboy Q has more shows coming up, including one in NYC on Wednesday (6/25) at Central Park Summerstage. That show was supposed to be with his TDE labelmate Isaiah Rashad, but Isaiah has since dropped of the bill. Domo Genesis, Tinashe and BlackOutBoyz (aka A$AP Yams and A$AP Jscott) are still playing though. Tickets are still available. Show flyer below.

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q detained after shooting at Red Rocks; Isaiah Rashad dropped off Central Park show"

by Sean O'Connell

Duck Down BBQ

The Duck Down BBQ may be a bit of a repetitive event in that its headliners are similar every year, but that's the point. Taking place in Betsy Head Park, deep in the heart of Brownsville, the annual event is geared at being a celebration of the neighborhood, with the Boot Camp Clik, a supergroup featuring hip-hop heavyweights Smif-n-Wessun, Buckshot, O.G.C. and Heltah Skeltah, always coming out in full effect for their neighborhood. Sean Price of Heltah Skeltah pointed out the housing project he grew up in from the stage, and every other performer talked about life in Brownsville and shouted out people in the crowd that they knew. There wasn't much of a line between the rappers and the audience, with Buckshot launching himself into the 2000+ person crowd and fans rushing the barricade as they shouted back lyrics.

The night was a mix of the old school and new school, with the hardcore legends of the Boot Camp Clik being joined by up-and-comers from the Beast Coast movement. CJ Fly of Pro Era had a tight set, that was joined by fellow Pro, the very popular Joey Bada$$, during the call and response "do it for the love" of "Loco Motives". Raz Fresco, another 19 year old from Toronto, showing the Beast Coast's stylistic northern reach, hearkened back to the boom bap slaughter of people like Big L. He pulled off an ambitious move by rapping over a medley of classic New York beats, slaying each one in a city known to be very arrogant about its own style's superiority.

Chelsea Reject and T'Nah Apex (who works with Pro Era often) put on a very noteworthy set that started with a hyper political a cappella by Chelsea, about being a young emcee in an age of Stop and Frisk. The duo touched on the detrimental effect of technology saturation in modern times, railing against obsession with YouTube views and "blue checks" (verified Twitter accounts). T'Nah Apex transitioned smoothly between her matter-of-fact rapping and ethereal singing, while maintaining a serious demeanor that added to her presence.

The prolific Statik Selektah was spinning in-between sets, scratching vinyl in a 90s fashion that many are unable to replicate anymore. It was fitting that Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 hosted the event, given that he labels himself a "hip hop purist" and has been integral in ushering in New York rappers recently.

The highlight of the night was a surprise appearance by Brownsville's own M.O.P. for their gangsta rap anthem "Ante Up". By that time, more than forty people were onstage, nieces and nephews on the shoulders of some of the old-timers, keeping up with the celebration of the neighborhood. Buckshot closed out by calling on the audience to reach out to DuckDown saying "I want to see one of you up here next year".

BrooklynVegan was a proud sponsor of this year's Brooklyn Summerstage event, as you can see on the flyer below.

Continue reading "M.O.P., Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Chelsea Reject, T'Nah Apex & more joined Boot Camp Clik @ the Duck Down BBQ"

Chromeo

Chromeo, whose new album White Women is out now (stream it via Rdio), have added a lot more tour dates since the last time we posted. Most of it is on the summer festival circuit, and they've also added another NYC show, playing Central Park Summerstage on September 12 with Big Freedia. Tickets for that show go on Tickemaster presale today (6/11) at 11 AM and AmEx presale today at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (6/13) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the video for "Jealous (I Ain't With It)," below...

Continue reading "Chromeo add tour dates, playing Central Park Summerstage with Big Freedia"

Boot Camp Clik

One of the many free Summerstage shows this year is the Duck Down BBQ with Boot Camp Clik and friends happening June 10 in Brownsville's Betsy Head Park. We proud to announce that BrooklynVegan is one of the sponsors of the show, and that since we last spoke there's been some updates.

In addition to the Boot Camp Clik (aka Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah), there will be sets by CJ Fly, T'Nah Apex (both of Pro Era), Raz Fresco and Chelsea Reject. There's also a DJ set by Statik Selektah and Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg. The free show goes from 6-9 PM. Flyer below.

In honor of this event which Monster is also sponsoring, we're giving away a pair of Monster DNA Pro Headphones (retail value of $280), a Duck Down x Rocksmith Collaborative BBQ T-Shirt and a signed Buckshot & P-Money BackPack Travels CD. Details on how to enter to win those contests, below. Prizes can be picked up at the show.

As mentioned, Buckshot & P-Money celebrate BackPack Travels with a release show on June 26 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Pro Era's Kirk Knight and Statik Selektah.

Pro Era also play a free Summerstage show in Red Hook Park TONIGHT (6/5).

Contest details below...

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Celebrate Brooklyn! 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
CB!

Two of NYC's biggest outdoor summer concert series -- Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn! -- are underway. Summerstage, which puts on events in a few city parks, began last night with Ty Dolla $ign playing a free show in Red Hook Park, and tonight in the same location it's Mark McGuire, Marissa Nadler and Delicate Steve (also free). Other free Summerstage shows include the BrooklynVegan-sponsored Duck Down BBQ w/ Boot Camp Clique (6/10, Betsy Head Park), Andrew Bird and Luke Temple (7/8, Central Park), and Blood Orange (8/16, Central Park), plus paid Central Park/Rumsey Field shows such as BeckConor Oberst / DawesCounting Crows / Toad the Wet Sprocket, and more. Flyer for June Summerstage shows, below.

Celebrate Brooklyn!, meanwhile, kicks off tonight (6/4) with Janelle Monae playing a free show at Prospect Park Bandshell. Other upcoming free shows in Prospect Park include Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality & TEEN on June 21, Warpaint and Yellowbirds on June 26, Deltron 3030 and Nomadic Massive on July 19, and St. Vincent and San Fermin on August 9. There are also a few big Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit shows as well, like The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

Summerstage June flyer below...

Continue reading "Summerstage & Celebrate Brooklyn! both underway"

Schoolboy Q at Central Park Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
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Schoolboy Q doesn't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but he does have a few upcoming dates including Made In America LA, Bumbershoot, Pitchfork Festival and an outdoor NYC show happening on June 25 at Central Park Summerstage. The NYC show has a stacked lineup of his TDE labelmate Isaiah Rashad, Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Q's "2 On" collaborator Tinashe, and BlackOutBoyz aka A$AP Yams and A$AP Jscott. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.

Q's Black Hippy pal Ab-Soul, who also plays MIA LA, also recently announced a NYC show, the 4Knots afterparty at Webster Hall on July 12. Tickets for that show are currently on presale (password: 4KNOTSPR).

All Schoolboy Q dates are listed, with a video, below...

Continue reading "Schoolboy Q playing shows, including Central Park w/ Isaiah Rashad, Domo Genesis, A$APs & more (dates)"

Bonobo sold out Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Adela Laconte)
Bonobo

The mostly-EDM electronic music festival Electric Zoo (not to be confused with Electric Daisy Carnival which just happened) announced the initial lineup earlier this month, and have now announced a ton more artists who are playing their Labor Day weekend NYC festival on Randall's Island (tip: avoid at all costs). Check out who they announced, by day and stage, below.

New on the lineup is DJ set by Bonobo whose growing tour also includes Glastonbury, The Hudson Project fest, a DJ set tour with FaltyDL, and a headlining live show at Central Park Summerstage on July 13 (free). All dates are listed below.

His set at E Zoo is at the least unbearable stage announced so far, the Riverside stage on Friday (8/29) which also includes Gesaffelstein (DJ), Jamie xx, Gorgon City, Tensnake and more.

The Summerstage show is with Bonobo's July tourmate Odesza, as well as Cibo Matto who will play Warm Up at MoMA PS1 one day earlier. Those are Cibo Matto's only two U.S. shows at the moment. They recently played in Brooklyn Bridge Park. All of their international dates are listed below.

Last we talked about FaltyDL, we had a preview of a new track off a new album. It was only a clip and not great quality though. That full song and album details have since been released, and you can listen to that song with those details below.

All dates, the FaltyDL song, the Electric Zoo lineup and more, below...

Continue reading "Electric Zoo lineup update; Bonobo & Odesza tour dates; new FaltyDL song; Cibo Matto shows (PS1 & Summerstage)"

Mykki Blanco at MHOW in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Mykki

NYC rapper Mykki Blanco was in Portugal earlier this week for a residency where was arrested, in his words, "for being gay." As Pitchfork points out, he posted the following on Facebook:

I'm leaving Portugal after my performance. Please stop writing hate speech, threatening to hang me, posting pictures of slaves and leaving gay hate messages on my page, I have seen a really disturbing side of this culture tonight
And also gave a statement to Noisey:
I was swindled, by the Portuguese police department for being a gay black tourist that is the only explanation for this situation. I had literally just got off of a plane was in the airport on my way to the art gallery I am currently doing a residency at and I was taken advantage of by the Portuguese police. More than an act of racism and prejudice or even homophobia ( which were all 3 factors) I realized that class matters and that an upwardly mobile black man isn't something people always want to see.

I was arrested for telling a police officer to "go fuck himself" after I repeatedly and politely asked him where I could purchase a taxi voucher since he worked with the taxi attendant at the airport. the altercation escalated because I waited in a long line like everyone else outside the airport for a taxi and when I was told by the taxi attendant that I could not use my credit card but only cash the taxi attendant and cop refused to help or answer any other questions I had about an alternative in anyway. They were impatient and short with me all the while eagerly helping white tourists who were behind me in line while I waited to be addressed.

A Portuguese woman in the same taxi line with me even leaned over and whispered "I don't know why they are being so strange with you, there is a place inside to buy taxi vouchers you don't need cash". I should have listened to the woman and went inside myself to find the voucher office but there is apart of my personality that really wants to see if people WILL actually be prejudiced, to see if maybe my PC west coast optimism about the world is being challenged by blatant discrimination and I was right. I asked the police officer where the voucher office was and I was told to "go away" like I was nuance as if I had not waited in the same line as all the other white tourists and when I asked why he could not help but could gladly help the other tourists I was yelled at and told to "go away bicha" which is a gay slur, even though I had waited in the same line as everyone else.

The world aint a fair place, and the idea of a young successful black guy doesn't always fly everywhere but I was insulted, and discriminated against so I said "Fuck you" and walked away...well he followed me inside, used his radio to call other police causing a scene in the airport and told me "You are under arrest" I said "excuse me, I have not committed a crime, I asked you for help and you refused to help me" he said "You have insulted a police officer and that is a crime in Portugal, you can't talk to me that way" and he arrested me.

The Noisey article also mentions he was ordered to pay a 600 euro fine.

Mykki Blanco plays a big and free hometown Summerstage show in NYC's East River Park on August 7.

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We lost house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles earlier this month and tributes are still pouring in, none more notable than former Chicago resident and current man in charge President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. They released a condolence letter to Knuckles' family that read in part:

Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trailblazer in his field, and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe.

You can see a photo of the letter below.

Meanwhile, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has set up the Frankie Knuckles Fund to support HIV information, testing and treatment. Says Sir Reg:

Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of colour, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.
In more musical news, The Horrors just covered Frankie Knuckles' classic single "Your Love" as part of a session for BBC DJ Zane Lowe. Recorded live at the Beeb's famed Maida Vale studios, you can stream that below as part of the whole session -- "Your Love" kicks in at the 18 minute mark. Perhaps they'll play it at their Converse Rubber Tracks show next week (which is now sold out).

And lastly, Summerstage is presenting "Whistle!: A Tribute to Frankie Knuckles" at Bed Stuy's Herbert Von King Park on June 22, featuring the Soul Summit DJs, DJ Kervyn Mark, and DJ Stormin' Norman. There will also be a screening of the director's cut of Hands to the Sky, a documentary about the outdoor house music scene. You can check out a trailer for that below...

Continue reading "The Horrors covered Frankie Knuckles' "Your Love" (listen); The Obamas, Elton John & Summerstage offer tributes"

Andrew Bird at RIverside Church in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Andrew Bird

Singer/songwriter/violin looper Andrew Bird is going on a tour this summer with his new band The Hands of Glory, "an old timey acoustic configuration featuring Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, Bowl of Fire alumnus Kevin O'Donnell, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel." That tour hits NYC for a free show at Central Park Summerstage on July 8 with Here We Go Magic singer Luke Temple. That show starts at 7 PM. All dates are listed below.

Andrew Bird will play NYC sooner than that though for RadioLoveFest, "a vibrant cross-section of genres and formats from storytelling, to music, to conversation," which runs from June 4-8 at BAM. Andrew appears on June 6 at the BAM Harvey Theater. Details:

The two-time Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Andersen, novelist, journalist, and co-founder of legendary Spy magazine, gets inside the creative mind, introducing listeners to the people who are creating and shaping our culture on movie sets, in galleries, and on the internet.

At BAM, Andersen presents an evening of music and conversation featuring Andrew Bird, one of the most acclaimed and inventive songwriters in indie music, and Jennifer Egan, whose novel A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize.

Other highlights include a screening of Talking Heads film Stop Making Sense on June 5 in the BAM Rose Cinemas with a Q&A with director Jonathan Demme and WNYC's Brian Lehrer; NYC/WNYC's Ask Me Another show on June 6 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House with They Might Be Giants and house musician Jonathan Coulton; and WNYC"s Soundcheck on June 7 at BAM Harvey Theater with The Walkmen frontman (and now solo artist) Hamilton Leithauser.

Tickets for all RadioLoveFest shows are on sale now or will be on sale soon.

Full RadioLoveFest schedule, with the list of Andrew Bird tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Andrew Bird touring w/ new band feat. Tift Merritt, playing Summerstage & BAM's RadioLove Fest (dates & lineup)"

Marissa Nadler at Baby's All Right in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Marissa Nadler

The schedule for the Summerstage 2014 Season was just announced, and as you may know, in addition to the shows in Central Park, there are also free shows in many other NYC parks too. Those include Brooklyn shows in Red Hook Park, Betsy Head Park, Herbert Von King Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Highlights of the Brooklyn Summerstage shows include:

6/3 - Ty Dolla $ign in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)

6/4 - Mark McGuire, Marissa Nadler and Delicate Steve in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)

6/5 - Pro Era in Red Hook Park (in association with Lyricist Lounge)

6/10 - Duck Down BBQ w/ Boot Camp Clik & Friends in Betsy Head Park

6/18 Salute to Hip Hop w/ DJ Bent Roc, Chubb Rock, Dana Dane and Special Ed (in association with WBLS) in Herbert Von King Park

6/22 - Frankie Knuckles tribute w/ screening of Hands to the Sky (in association with ImageNation Cinema Foundation) in Herbert Von King Park

Full Brooklyn Summerstage show schedule below...

Continue reading "free Summerstage 2014 shows in Brooklyn's Red Hook Park, Betsy Head Park, Herbert Von King Park & more (schedule)"

Andrew Bird in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
Andrew Bird

NYC's Summerstage 2014 schedule was just announced and as always it features a number of free and not-free "benefit" shows in Central Park. Some highlights of the free shows include:

6/28 - 'Club Classics Live!' featuring Sam Sparro; Ultra Naté; Kevin Aviance; Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin & Norma Jean Wright (ex-Chic); Company Freak w/ special guests. Plus DJ set by Andre Collins, curated by Jason King

7/8 - Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory and Luke Temple

7/9 - Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz and DJ Tony Touch (in assocation with LAMC: The Latin Alternative Music Conference)

7/12 - Babasónicos, Juana Molina and La Santa Cecilia (in assocation with LAMC: The Latin Alternative Music Conference)

7/13 - Bonobo and Cibo Matto (celebrating 15 years of Okayplayer)

7/21 - Pete Seeger tribute w/ Anti-Flag (acoustic), Toni Blackman, The Chapin Sisters, Rebel Diaz, Steve Earle, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, James Maddock, Elizabeth Mitchell & Dan Zanes, Mike + Ruthy, Nyraine, Amanda Palmer, Michael Glabicki (of Rusted Root), The Tony Lee Thomas Band and DJ sets by Kool Herc

8/2 - Dr. John & the Night Trippers and Hurray for the RIff Raff

8/16 - Blood Orange, Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage (in association with Okayplayer)

Paid shows include Beck, Conor Oberst / Dawes, Counting Crows / Toad the Wet Sprocket, and more.

Full Central Park Summerstage 2014 schedule below...

Continue reading "Central Park Summerstage 2014 schedule (free shows from Andrew Bird, Cibo Matto, Dr. John, Blood Orange and more)"

Central Park Summerstage in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Summerstage

We already knew that the 2014 Summerstage season would feature Beck, Conor Oberst / Dawes, Delicate Steve / Marissa Nadler / Mark McGuire and Counting Crows / Toad the Wet Sprocket. Now the full lineup of free and "benefit" shows has been announced, and highlights of what looks like a weak year overall include Pro Era, Andrew Bird, Bonobo & Cibo Matto, Sam Sparro & Norma Jean Wright, Mobb Deep, Mykki Blanco, Ty Dolla $ign, a Pete Seeger tribute, a Frankie Knuckles tribute and many more.

Browse Summerstage's whole 2014 calendar,which includes Central Park Summerstage in addition to Red Hook, the East Village, Queens and more, HERE.

photos by David Andrako

Delicate Steve @ Baby's All Right - 4/20/14
Delicate Steve

In the midst of the Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks / Dustin Wong tour, Dustin Wong and Slasher Flicks member (Angel) Deradoorian took a night off to team up with the jammy Delicate Steve for a Brooklyn show at Baby's All Right last night (4/20), following that venue's Grateful Dead Brunch. Pictures of that show are in this post.

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks and Dustin Wong continue their tour in NYC tonight (4/21) with a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom.

Meanwhile, Delicate Steve announced that he'll be playing one of this year's Summerstage shows in Red Hook Park on June 7 with psych-folk musician Marissa Nadler and ambient guitarist/ex-Emeralds member Mark McGuire. That's one of many upcoming dates for Marissa Nadler. Her full tour schedule, and more pics from Delicate Steve's Baby's show, below...

Continue reading "Delicate Steve played Baby's w/ Deradoorian & Dustin Wong (pics), playing Red Hook Summerstage w/ Marissa Nadler"

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With his new album Morning Phase out now and a recent SNL appearance behind, him, a tour seemed in the cards for Beck and now one has in fact been announced. The list of dates is below.

Tickets for all dates, including Central Park Summerstage in NYC on Tuesday July 1st, go on presale at 10am Wednesday (3/12). The general presale password is MORNING. You can also use the BrooklynVegan presale password PHASE for the Summerstage show. Tickets go on general sale Friday (3/14) at noon.

Beck also plays The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on 3/12, and will be on Ellen on 4/1. If you haven't checked out Morning Phase yet, you can stream it via Rdio. Dates below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Twin Shadow / Autre Ne Veut @ Central Park Summerstage, 8/17/2013
Twin Shadow, Autre Ne Veut, Mano @ Summerstage - 8/17/2013
Twin Shadow, Autre Ne Veut, Mano @ Summerstage - 8/17/2013

Saturday night (8/17) Twin Shadow played Central Park Summerstage. A lovely evening for a free show, George Lewis Jr. and his band pulsed through selections from Twin Shadow's two albums, and made time for a couple new songs, as well as a couple '80s covers: Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and an encore rendition of Van Halen's rave-up, "Panama."

Opening was Autre Ne Veut whose live band featured both Zambri sisters. If you're in the Hamptons this weekend, you can catch Autre Ne Veut at Montauk's Surf Lodge on Saturday (8/24) which is a free show.

More pictures from Summerstage below...

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photos by Robert Altman, words by Andrew Sacher

Disclosure / Mobb Deep
Disclosure & TNGHT @ Central Park - 8/6/2013
Disclosure & TNGHT @ Central Park - 8/6/2013

Central Park Summerstage may have gotten its dance show of the summer last night when UK house/garage crossover duo Disclosure, abrasive trap duo TNGHT, and another house-y producer Julio Bashmore took over the stage for one funky night in the park.

Julio kicked things off bright and early at 6 PM, which isn't really the appropriate time at all for his music (and unfortunately his set at Warm Up this Saturday will likely face the same problem), but it was a nice primer for what was to come, and I hope to be catching him in a dark club sooner than later.

Though still in the light, TNGHT fared much better, and it really seemed like as many people came to see them as Disclosure. Lunice spent at least half of their set acting as a hypeman, and rapping along to some of the verses they dropped, which included Rick Ross, Danny Brown, and best of all, the excellent "Blood On The Leaves," which they helped produce for Kanye's Yeezus. Aside from playing the music of other rappers, the real treat came when TNGHT brought out legendary Queens rap duo Mobb Deep, who performed "Quiet Storm" and "Shook Ones."

Then finally, once the sky fully blackened, Disclosure came on stage. These guys have come really far since their first trip to NYC less than a year ago, and from the reactions of the sold-out crowd, you'd know it in a second. It was all arms in the air, constant dancing, and singing every word to the big hits ("White Noise," "You & Me") as well as the slightly odder ones ("When A Fire Starts to Burn," "F For You") and the older cuts too ("Boiling," "What's In Your Head"). Like we thought they would, they brought out Jessie Ware to sing "Confess to Me" and "Running," and Sam Smith for "Latch." Excellent show, and a very excellent light show too, I should add.

After the show, Disclosure headed over to The Wall on W 30th St to DJ a sold-out afterparty. We missed that one, but it looks like it was pretty packed. Did you go? How was it?

More pictures and videos of the guest appearances from Central Park, below...

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